We arrived to this charming bungalow to find a bottle of wine and nice flowers. The house feels more like a lake cabin than a beach house. It is set back among massive oaks and features a wrap-around porch and exposed joists and beams. The warm wood floors were likely salvaged, as were many of the windows, which open on simple top hinges and are secured by ropes and pulleys.
The addition to the original cabin is a large (at least 16 x 24) dining room/TV room that is really spacious and welcoming. The furniture is old, but it's comfortable. And you can tell this was once a beloved family gathering place. That feeling conveys. Old books and college yearbooks abound.
The owner judiciously allows previous renters to leave behind condiments, spices, extra coffee, etc. We added to the coffers our own spices and teas. It's nice to arrive with some creature comforts. Expect dull knives and mismatched plates. But expect surprises - like muffin tins, sufficient lobster crackers, pitchers for cream on fresh berries - also a few shot glasses for libations.
When the DVD player broke, Ben authorized me to upgrade it - so now the cabin has Blu-Ray and, with the addition of a network cable, access to Netflix. That's a nice touch. WiFi signal was good on the cabin ground floor.
I took one star off because there are no doors separating bedrooms. If you are a couple and want a little privacy, closing the door isn't an option. Curtains separate upstairs bedrooms, and the downstairs "guest bedroom" with the queen bed has parlor-style doors. I'd recommend to the owner a few more rustic doors to remedy.
That's my only reservation, though. The neighborhood is beautiful, the beach quaint, the cabin cozy, and the owners thoughtful. Propane fireplaces remove morning chills. Beds are comfortable. Each bed had at least two pillows. Towels and linens were provided. Blankets are rotated with each guest.
This is the perfect home base for Downeast and Downtown. A town market is nearby. The Rosemont Market in nearby Yarmouth was a trove of eclectic veggies, great cheeses, and fresh fish. We took outings to Boothbay (less than an hour) and Monhegan Island, Portland (10 mins), and Old Orchard beach (20-25 min). Portland is awesome for foodies and art. My wife, daughter, and I very much enjoyed our stay. Thank you, Ben and Joan!